Walter Salles

Walter Salles at Festival Cine Ceará

Walter Salles at Festival Cine Ceará www.cineceara2011.com

Walter Salleswas born in Rio de Janeiro. He is the son of Elizinha Goncalves and Walter Moreira Salles, a Brazilian banker and ambassador, and the brother of João Moreira Salles, also a filmmaker. Both, along with two other brothers, are heirs to the bank Unibanco, one of the largest and richest in South America. Salles attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

Salles’s first notable film was Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land), released in Brazil in 1995. Locally, it was widely acclaimed by film critics and a minor box-office hit, and it was selected by over 40 film festivals worldwide. In 1998 he released Central do Brasil (Central Station) to widespread international acclaim and two Academy Awards nominations, for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Foreign Language Film. In 2001, Abril Despedaçado (Behind the Sun), starring Rodrigo Santoro, was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Golden Globes. Both films were produced by veteran Arthur Cohn and had worldwide distribution.

In 2003, Salles was voted one of the 40 Best Directors in the World by The Guardian. His biggest international success has been Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), a 2004 film about the life of young Ernesto Guevara, who later became known as Che Guevara. It was Salles’s first foray as director of a film in a language other than his native Portuguese (Spanish, in this case) and quickly became a box-office hit in Latin America and Europe.

In 2005, Salles released his first English-language feature film, which is also his first Hollywood film, Dark Water, an adaptation of the 2002 Japanese film of the same name. He also helped to produce the Argentine picture Hermanas which was a major success.

In 2006, Salles wrote and directed a segment in the French film Paris, je t’aime (French for “Paris, I love you”) with Daniela Thomas. The film is a collection of 18 shorter segments made by different 21 directors and set in different arrondissements of Paris. Salles’ segment called “Loin du 16e” (literally: “far from the 16th”) and took place in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

In 2007, Salles took part in a similar project called To Each His Own Cinema (French: Chacun son cinéma) in the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. He made a 3 minute segment called “A 8 944 km de Cannes” (English: 5,557 Miles From Cannes).

In 2008, Salles wrote and directed the film Linha de Passe also with Daniela Thomas. It is a story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams. He was nominated for the Golden Palm and Sandra Corveloni won the best actress award for her role in this film in Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

Salles is presently directing José Rivera’s screenplay adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, with Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant producing. The film is supposed to be released in 2011.

Source: Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Salles


Filmography


Awards

  •  1996 Bergamo Film Meeting: Golden Rosa Camuna for Terra Estrangeira.
  • 1996 Entrevues Film Festival: Grand Prix Foreign Film for Terra Estrangeira.
  • 1996 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards: APCA Trophy Best Screenplay for Terra Estrangeira.
  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival: Cinema 100/Sundance International Award and NHK Award for Central do Brasil.
  • 1996 Silver Daisy Awards: Silver Daisy for Terra Estrangeira.
  • 1998 Berlin International Film Festival:Golden Berlin Bear for Central Station (1998). Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for Central do Brasil.
  • 1998 Havana Film Festival: Award of the Havana University, Glauber Rocha Award – Special Mention,Special Jury Prize for Central do Brasil.
  • 1998 San Sebastián International Film Festival: Audience Award and Youth Jury Award for Central do Brasil.
  • 1998 Silver Daisy Awards: Silver Daisy for Central do Brasil.
  • 1999 BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language for Central do Brasil.
  • 1999 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards: APCA Trophy Best Director and Best Film for Central do Brasil.
  • 1999 Satellite Awards: Golden Satellite Award – Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language for Central do Brasil.
  • 1999 Spain Film Critics Association Awards: Best Foreign Language Film for: Central do Brasil.
  • 2000 Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor- Best Foreign Film for Central do Brasil.
  • 2000 Ariel Awards, Mexico: Silver Ariel – Best Latin-American Film for O Primeiro Dia.
  • 2000 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize: Best Director, Best Screenplay for O Primeiro Dia.
  • 2002 Havana Film Festival: Best Director, House of the Americas Award for Abril Despedaçado.
  • 2002 Silver Daisy Awards: Silver Daisy for Abril Despedaçado.
  • 2002 Venice Film Festival: Little Golden Lion for Abril Despedaçado.
  • 2003 Carrousel International du Film: Camério – Best Short Film for Guns and Peace (2003).
  • 2004 Cannes Film Festival: François Chalais Award and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2004 Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood World Award for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2005 BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2005 Directors Guild of Great Britain: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Foreign Language Film for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2005 Imagen Foundation Awards: Best Director – Film for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2004 Norwegian International Film Festival: Audience Award for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2004 San Sebastián International Film Festival: Audience Award for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2005 Premios ACE: Cinema – Best Director for Diarios de Motocicleta.
  • 2009 Prêmio Contigo Cinema: Jury Award – Best Director for Linha de Passe.
  • 2009 São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards: APCA Trophy Best Film for Linha de Passe.
  • 2008 Havana Film Festival: Grand Coral – Second Prize for Linha de Passe.
  • 2008 Prêmio Qualidade:Best Director for Linha de Passe.

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